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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome who prefer neutral support

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort, lightweight
  • Durability.
  • The perfect amount of cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Decent arch support
  • Very lightweight, great for speedwork
  • Lightweight and supportive

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Purecadence 5

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft, durable, lots of support
  • No change from the last model.
  • Toe box is spacious, the width is good, not super narrow and good cushioning.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's lightweight and fits great!
  • Breathable
  • Cushioned

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's light but has cushion in the midfoot
  • Cushion
  • Comfortable and light

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Ghost 9

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The snug fit
  • It's the only one that gives me a consistent good ride
  • Lightweight and durable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • drop and lightness
  • soft and comfortable
  • Lightweight, responsive and durable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Super cushioned.
  • Lightweight and extremely cushioned
  • Foot shaped toe box

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • The comfort
  • The cushioning which keeps my legs feeling fresh

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Almost flat sole
  • My feet feel great
  • Lightweight.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • breathable
  • Comfort
  • The upper

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

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